15 September 2014

Blitz Woes

Over the last few weeks, I have blown many wins and draws in online blitz. I also have had a few games handed to me by similar errors by my opponents.

Black to move

Black should hold with 43...Ke7, but I played 43...Nc7 and after 44.Kd6 Nb5+ 45.Bxb5 axb5 we reached a pawn ending that was hopeless for me.

White to move

Black has nothing if the bishop remains on the c1-h6 diagonal and avoids exchange for the knight. Nor can White make progress. But, after my opponent's 33.Be1, I gained an advantage. 33...Nc4 and White's king had to move.

White to move

I played the obvious 19.Rxd4, but my opponent would have been no worse after 19...cxd4 20.Qxe7 Rxc1+ 21.Kf2 Rc2+. Instead, he played 19...f6. After 20.Qb3+ Kh8 21.Rd6 fxe5 22.Re6 Qc7 23.Rxe5 I had a one-pawn advantage and went on to win.

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